A 20-year-old Israeli soldier was injured in what is believed to be an attempted car ramming and stabbing attack by a Palestinian at a junction in the West Bank near Tekoa on Monday.
The alleged assailant was shot dead when, according to the military, he exited his vehicle after he rammed his car into a light pole near a group of soldiers, missing them, and then tried to stab a soldier.
Medics at the scene said the soldier was injured by the streetlight knocked over in the attack. He was taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment.
Vehicular attacks and stabbings have become the popular mode of attack since September 2015. Even as recently as June 16 Border Police officer Hadas Malka, 23, was killed in a stabbing and shooting spree in Jerusalem’s Old City. Since September 2015, 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans, a Palestinian man and a British student have been killed. In that time, some 280 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, a majority of them attackers, according to authorities.